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Lightroom "Classic" New Features Real World Experience
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:02:08 PM »
I figured I'd start a post regarding some of the new features in the "real" Lightroom - the one that runs on your computer and is fully functional. I think we need a specific post for this because the others have (inevitably) become primarily about the subscription/pricing model. This post is intended to have NOTHING TO DO with the pricing model.

I've been playing with the luminance and color mask features, and I have to say it's a game changer for me. I've always thought that the main reason why I'd use Photoshop at all was the selection tools, less the layers functionality. I'm supremely pleased with how effective these two selection methods are. I'm able to get much more accurate and natural-looking selections. Very pleased with that.

With the speed improvements, I'm not really seeing much in the way of that. I should note that I never really found Lightroom to be so slow as some have indicated, so perhaps my system has been configured in such a manner where I've been lucky, and others are seeing big speed improvements. I'm curious to see if others are noticing it being zipper AND whether they found it slow to begin with.

I also notice that there is a new "process"! We'd previously been on the 2012 process, and there is now a version 4/current process. Has anyone tested out to see what's different about the new processing method? An Adobe web page states: "Auto-masking with better noise reduction by updating to Process Version 4 (Current) under Camera Calibration." Not exactly sure what that means. Perhaps it is about the performance of noise reduction when making a local adjustment that is selected using auto masking. If so, that sounds like a particularly narrow set of circumstances.


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Lightroom "Classic" New Features Real World Experience
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:02:08 PM »

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Re: Lightroom "Classic" New Features Real World Experience
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2017, 12:02:32 AM »
Lr Classic looks very promising. My livelihood depends on a smooth running Lr so I'll be holding off for a week or so to see if any unlikely gremlins emerge.

My comfortably high specced quad core Windows 10 system is one of the unfortunate configurations that Lr runs erratically on. The local adjustment brush is the primary kiss of death, and Radial & Gradient tools need to be used minimally or the whole thing slows to a crawl. Great when you're on a deadline!

Therefore the promised speed boost is of huge interest to me, as is the headline new feature, the Luminence and Color masks. Adobe's Julianne Kost's demonstration video spells it out clearly.

If Lr Classic runs slow on my machine I'll be looking at a rebuild using a proven hardware configuration, provided such a component list is searchable and available.

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 03:23:29 AM »
I'm finding it quite refreshing to have a version of Lightroom (the all new LR CC) that isn't as bloated as Lightroom Classic has become, if the full functionality (tone curve, noise, sharpen options etc) of the classic versions develope module (but not the other modules which I never use) is added to it the future, it would be more suited to my needs that LR classic.   

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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 06:34:46 AM »
I'm finding it quite refreshing to have a version of Lightroom (the all new LR CC) that isn't as bloated as Lightroom Classic has become, if the full functionality (tone curve, noise, sharpen options etc) of the classic versions develope module (but not the other modules which I never use) is added to it the future, it would be more suited to my needs that LR classic.

Never found LR bloated, and I use the Map and Print modules quite a lot. I also have friend who like the Slideshow/Web modules quite a lot  (i.e. to quickly show and sell photos at events, often outdoor). I don't use the Book module just because I create my books myself.

But I'm afraid, the people who designed LR are now mostly out of the project.

In one of the speeches, I noticed a disturbing assertion. Someone, in explaining why in CC the order of controls changed, said "we didn't find an explanation why exposure controls are between white balance and saturation".

Because the reason is LR was designed around a workflow-based interface, not a "group of controls related by some programming common factor". The former is what a competent application designer would study and design an UI around, the latter is what a lame programmer without a clue about how users work would do.

Why WB is the first slider? Because white balance is what a photographer would do first before further editing. While Saturation is something you may never touch (but oh yes, hypersaturated images are so fashionable today), and if you do, you'll do last.

The books about LR I read always said the controls order is the average order you should use them, and that makes sense - the order was a sort of "checklist" reminding you the steps to process your image, without having to jump among many tools scattered around the interface (as you do in Photoshop, or other applications alike).

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Re: Lightroom "Classic" New Features Real World Experience
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 08:36:25 PM »
There are some issues for me that seem to prevent me wanting to use LR CC on my desktop.  There is no way to restrict it from uploading all my images, and no way to remove them from the cloud except to delete them totally from the cloud and from my computer.  I asked about this, they can be removed if added by a mobile device, but not if uploaded by cc from the desktop.  Even if on a removable drive, they will be deleted when its connected.

I think someone who wants to use it needs to review how files are handled first, because they could lock you into something you don't want.  Unfortunately, write ups are not covering the aspect of file handling, addition and removal.

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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2017, 10:31:56 PM »
There are some issues for me that seem to prevent me wanting to use LR CC on my desktop.  There is no way to restrict it from uploading all my images, and no way to remove them from the cloud except to delete them totally from the cloud and from my computer.  I asked about this, they can be removed if added by a mobile device, but not if uploaded by cc from the desktop.  Even if on a removable drive, they will be deleted when its connected.

I think someone who wants to use it needs to review how files are handled first, because they could lock you into something you don't want.  Unfortunately, write ups are not covering the aspect of file handling, addition and removal.

Try the Classic one (not CC, but CC Classic, a.k.a CCC :) ), it's no different from LR6. It also seems to be slightly faster.

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Re: Lightroom "Classic" New Features Real World Experience
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2017, 11:31:44 PM »
I am not a fan of the LR Classic name, but it is definitely running faster for me than LR CC 2015 was running. I'm happy about that!
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2017, 11:52:08 PM »
I am not a fan of the LR Classic name, but it is definitely running faster for me than LR CC 2015 was running. I'm happy about that!

They could have called it "LR Old Fashioned" or "LR Oldster" or simply "LR Not Cool" to promote a faster switch to the pure CC version.

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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2017, 03:23:06 AM »
I am not a fan of the LR Classic name, but it is definitely running faster for me than LR CC 2015 was running. I'm happy about that!

They could have called it "LR Old Fashioned" or "LR Oldster" or simply "LR Not Cool" to promote a faster switch to the pure CC version.

I'm not a fan of the name LR CC classic either.  Just Lightroom, Lighroom 7 or Lightroom Original would have been better in my opinion, after all LR CC classic has very little to do with the cloud, and the word "classic" implies that it is a high quality product that is out of date "which it isn't given that a new version has just been released, and there are future updates on the way.

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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2017, 07:03:10 PM »
There are some issues for me that seem to prevent me wanting to use LR CC on my desktop.  There is no way to restrict it from uploading all my images, and no way to remove them from the cloud except to delete them totally from the cloud and from my computer.  I asked about this, they can be removed if added by a mobile device, but not if uploaded by cc from the desktop.  Even if on a removable drive, they will be deleted when its connected.

I think someone who wants to use it needs to review how files are handled first, because they could lock you into something you don't want.  Unfortunately, write ups are not covering the aspect of file handling, addition and removal.

Try the Classic one (not CC, but CC Classic, a.k.a CCC :) ), it's no different from LR6. It also seems to be slightly faster.

Of course, I use the classic, I'm referring to the CC version which is lacking in features and has several other drawbacks.  Its definitely not fully functional compared to the classic, but does basic editing, which is all some need.

Do you want to print images?  - I hope not

Rename images - Nope

Export as DNG, TIFF, or PSD - what are those?

3rd party plugins - Sorry

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By now, you get the idea, if you are a power user, or just a amateur who uses on camera flash to get red eye, you will be frustrated.

There are too many to mention individually, so here is one list, I suspect it will grow
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https://www.lightroomqueen.com/lightroom-cc-vs-classic-features/ 

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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2017, 07:41:52 PM »
There are some issues for me that seem to prevent me wanting to use LR CC on my desktop.  There is no way to restrict it from uploading all my images, and no way to remove them from the cloud except to delete them totally from the cloud and from my computer.  I asked about this, they can be removed if added by a mobile device, but not if uploaded by cc from the desktop.  Even if on a removable drive, they will be deleted when its connected.

I think someone who wants to use it needs to review how files are handled first, because they could lock you into something you don't want.  Unfortunately, write ups are not covering the aspect of file handling, addition and removal.

WHAT!

If you are using Lightroom CC, it will automatically upload all your images to the cloud and there is no way to stop this from happening? I shot 100GB of files yesterday, and living in a rural area, I have a 250KB/ sec upload speed on my internet....on a good day!  That’s 5 days to upload the files!!!!

Is this true? Is there no way to disable uploads?
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2017, 01:38:37 AM »
I also notice that there is a new "process"! We'd previously been on the 2012 process, and there is now a version 4/current process. Has anyone tested out to see what's different about the new processing method? An Adobe web page states: "Auto-masking with better noise reduction by updating to Process Version 4 (Current) under Camera Calibration." Not exactly sure what that means. Perhaps it is about the performance of noise reduction when making a local adjustment that is selected using auto masking. If so, that sounds like a particularly narrow set of circumstances.

Hmm, nice catch!  I went to some old mid-range ISO photos (1000-2000), and I can't tell the difference between v3 and v4 under 2x magnification.  But hey, it isn't worse, and in some special cases, maybe it will come out better :D

So far, I really like everything about the new Lightroom (Classic), except... "Adobe Lightroom Classic CC".  What genius came up with that tortuous name!

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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2017, 02:54:18 AM »
I'm not sure what Mt Spokane is referring to about loading to the cloud. He is not referring to the classic version. The other new Lightroom cc is cloud based so this is designed to load the photos into the cloud. This is probably the way of the future as fibre broadband takes off. City users get the faster speeds years in advance of more rural locations.
I've been using the new Lightroom classic now for a few days. I'm aware of new features but haven't spotted any of them yet. I'll have to watch the videos to work out where they are and what they do.
I am not finding it running any quicker. I have 16GB RAM.
There are people here who don't find Lightroom slow that have about a thousand photos in their catalog and 64GB of RAM and don't understand that most PC / Laptops sold struggle with Lightroom and Photoshop. Lightroom in particular is a bloated piece of software.
In summary for me it really like only a minor upgrade with obscure changes that most users won't use.

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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2017, 02:54:18 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2017, 09:11:23 AM »
LRCC classic Import with 1:1 previews seems to take just as long as the last version. Merging HDR photos was faster and even with 30 MB files or larger it was better. I managed to get 12 processes going at once and that's where I hit a wall and everything slowed down. When I took the HDR's I made and merged them into a HDR panorama, it was as slow as ever with the system crashing once while I had 2 processing and tried to start a 3rd. For me, an improvement, but like most things, not perfect.
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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2017, 10:00:06 AM »
WHAT!

If you are using Lightroom CC, it will automatically upload all your images to the cloud and there is no way to stop this from happening? I shot 100GB of files yesterday, and living in a rural area, I have a 250KB/ sec upload speed on my internet....on a good day!  That’s 5 days to upload the files!!!!

Is this true? Is there no way to disable uploads?

Ligtroom Classic works as usual. But if you import images using the new LR CC they will be uploaded to the Adobe servers, and there's no way you can disable it - it has been designed explicitly this way. You can select to keep a *copy* of the locally (but it supports a single destination), otherwise the image are only stored remotely, and locally they are kept in a cache for editing, if not already in cache they are retrieved as needed.

I also suggest the read the Adobe TOS about its cloud storage - which rights they have on your photos, how you could access it using non Adobe tools, etc. Especially, read about the clauses about what happens if they lose your photos - they put big limits on what you can ask in damages, and you're forced to go through arbitration, and no class action is allowed.

Cloud may be the future, but could be full of rain, hail, lightnings, and thunderstorms... a cloud backup solution could be great, but it has to be fully contracted as such.

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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2017, 10:00:06 AM »